Photo Credit: Moshe Shai / Flash 90
An Israeli post truck seen driving through Israel's Negev desert. January 02, 2018.

The Negev region is in the midst of a drought year — a fact that has been acknowledged and now has become an official declaration by Israel’s Drought Committee, comprised of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Tax Authority.

The Committee recommended the approval of an official declaration of a drought year in the Negev. This opens the door for compensation to be provided to local farmers who grow crops such as wheat, barley, clover, peas, vetches, chickpeas, safflower,rapeseed and oats.

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Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon signed the approval on Wednesday.

Farmers in southern Israel located in the Gaza Belt region, whose fields have been burned to the ground by Hamas arson terror attacks, are also entitled to receive compensation under a separate government agreement.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.